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Russian Buys German Oil & Gas Production Unit

Reuters reports that “Germany’s debt-burdened utility RWE has struck a deal to sell its oil and gas production arm DEA to a group of investors led by Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman, valuing the unit at about 5.1 billion euros ($7.10 billion) including debt.”  

“Under pressure from a deep and prolonged industry crisis, caused by a surge in rivals’ renewable capacity as well as weak energy demand in its core market Europe, RWE has been looking for ways to reduce its debt pile of more than 30 billion euros, including cutting jobs and shedding assets.”  

“The group, which earlier this month revealed its first net loss since 1949, had announced plans to sell DEA about a year ago, aiming to rid itself of large investments needed to keep the unit’s exploration business afloat.”

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